1) Streetwise Asia Trivia Night - Final Reminder!!! - Tonight !!
at 7pm, Friday 18 July, Flemington, Melbourne !!
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2) Vale - George Tibbits - 6 July 2008 - architect, academic,
collaborator, friend and mentor
3) Link to Heritage South Australia's Enews
4) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra Talk Series
5) Australian Institute of Architects (NSW) Refuel CPD - 24 July
Heritage Impact Assessment
6) Applications for membership of Australia ICOMOS
1) Streetwise Asia Trivia Night -
Final Reminder!!! - Tonight !! at 7pm, Friday 18 July, Flemington,
A great way for ICOMOS members to contribute to heritage
conservation in Asia!!
You are warmly invited to the Streetwise Asia Trivia Night. This event
will raise funds for the Streetwise Asia Fund for Heritage Conservation,
which assists with the conservation of traditional education buildings in
Asia. Come along and enjoy an evening of brain-teasing trivia and much
more. Information about the fund achievements to date, and future
projects will be outlined at the evening. This is a great way to
contribute to this initiative - organise a table (8 people) or come along
and join others!! A great night with prizes and the company of heritage
buffs and others is promised!!
When: Friday 18 July 2008, 7pm.
Where: Canterbury Street Stables Community Centre,
(Melways map 28 ref J11)
(or contact Amy Chan ph 9673 9291 or Megan McDougall ph 9637 9287) or
Liz Vines at
- please ring today for final instructions, and / or turn up at
the door tonight.
Further information is available on the attached event
flyer and Streetwise
Asia Fund pamphlet.
2) Vale - George Tibbits - 6 July
2008 - architect, academic, collaborator, friend and mentor
It is with great sadness that ICOMOS Australia heard of the
recent death of George Tibbits, who was so influential for many
Australian architects and historians generally, and in particular those
involved in the heritage conservation field. George was an architect and
academic at the University of Melbourne and retired in 1996 from the
Faculty of Architecture Building and Planning where he had taught for the
previous 28 years.
Many Melbourne graduates who now work in the area of heritage
conservation do so because of the influence of George. George encouraged
young undergraduates to pursue primary research into a wide variety of
heritage related topics and his early National Estate project on
Beechworth (in North East Victoria) in 1976 set a new standard for
historic town assessment and management proposals. George involved recent
and under graduates in the preparation of this meticulous study of an
important early gold field town, and as a "real project", it was to
influence subsequent historic town assessments and their management in
Victoria. His interest and passion for the field was accompanied by
action. His written work and associated activism on the inappropriate
high rise housing developments of the Housing Commission of Victoria (and
the consequent demolition of parts of the inner suburbs of traditional
terrace houses in the 1960s - 70s) was part of the groundswell of
opposition which led to the halting of this destructive planning chapter
in Melbourne's inner city history.
Many in the heritage field did not know the musical side to George. He
was an entirely self taught and well regarded composer and the recent
"Tribute to George Tibbits through his Own Music" held at Newman College
in April 2008 included a performance of three of George's compositions
with string quartet and soprano. To mark George's retirement in October
1996, Volume 10 of Fabrications, The Journal of the Society of
Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand (August 1999) was
dedicated to George's contribution to architectural history in Australia.
The volume includes a paper by George, a complete list of his writings
and musical compositions and various articles by other authors who owe
much to the inspiration of George in their content and topic. It is
possible to view this on the internet and makes fascinating reading.
Subsequent to this, George, together with Dr Philip Goad, prepared the
publication Architecture on Campus - A Guide to the University of
Melbourne and its Colleges (2003), which offers a unique insight into the
rich array of buildings, public artworks and landscapes of the University
of Melbourne. He held a fascination for varied places and people - his
last published article, in the recent 2007 John Harry Grainger Architect
and Civil Engineer, tied together (with others) the contribution of
Grainger, a previously under recognised man who in a short career in
Australia designed buildings in every state and designed three
substantial bridges. Such was the ongoing passion by George to
contribute, discover and continually investigate in the field of
George's contribution to the field of heritage conservation generally,
and more recently to the history of the University of Melbourne, has been
well recognised, and this is to culminate in a posthumously awarded
Honorary Doctorate in Architecture from the Faculty of Architecture in
the near future. This doctorate acknowledges the unique artistic, social,
environmental and intellectual contribution of George Tibbits.
George was an early supporter of ICOMOS, and was a key participant in the
inaugural conference of Australia ICOMOS held at Beechworth in 1978. Some
of us remember his warm hospitality at the Camp Hotel in Beechworth, his
love of good food and a wonderful red!!
We will miss George as a mentor, listener and wise counsellor and will
cherish the memory of his ongoing friendship. All who were privileged
enough to be taught by him found his influence of immense value.
George is survived by his wife of 42 years, Di, his three children and 6
Note - Liz Vines is compiling testimonials about George and would be
happy to receive a short paragraph on the contribution (where this has
occurred) that George has made to the lives and professional careers of
ICOMOS members. These testimonials will be compiled and presented to his
family. Please send them to Liz before 12 noon on Tuesday 22 July on
firstname.lastname@example.org and if you
have any queries you can contact Liz on 0419 816 525.
3) Link to Heritage South
To view the July 2008 issue of Heritage South Australia's
4) Australia ICOMOS - Canberra
SUSHI AND LATTE - HERITAGE STORIES FROM JAPAN
Japan has many wonderful ancient heritage places which sit side-by-side
with thoroughly modern developments. This talk will look at two of
Japan's World Heritage sites - Itsukushima Shrine and Genbaku Dome/the
Atomic Bomb Dome, both in Hiroshima. Some of the history and
heritage values of these sites will be presented, along with observations
about some of the challenges they face in a changing world.
Members and the public are welcome. Refreshments available.
This is part of a series of talks organised in Canberra by Australia
Time & Date: 5.00-6.30 pm, Thursday 24 July - the talk
will actually start at 5.30pm.
Venue: Menzies Room, National Archives of Australia, East
Block, Queen Victoria Terrace, Parkes (enter from Kings Avenue
RSVP: To Duncan Marshall at
5) Australian Institute of
Architects (NSW) Refuel CPD - 24 July Heritage Impact Assessment
A statement of heritage impact conveys the nature and extent of a
development proposal on a heritage item. When considered along with
conservation management plan, a well-prepared statement enables a consent
authority to make an informed decision whether to allow the development
to proceed. Understanding the significance of the item is the first step
in developing a statement. This session explains what comprises a
statement of heritage impact, when it is needed and the level of detail
required. The session will include opportunities for discussion,
exercises and ways to improve the current guidelines on heritage impact
LOCATION: Tusculum 3 Manning Street, Potts Point.
DATE/TIME: Thursday 24 July 2008. 8.30am - 1.00pm 2 FORMAL CPD
PARKING: There is No Parking available at Tusculum. Nearest
Car Park is situated on Ward Avenue, Kings Cross.
For information or bookings, please email
email@example.com or call (02) 9246
6) Applications for membership of
New Members - join soon, there are Conferences coming up!
Australia ICOMOS welcomes applications for new members.
Also, if you have been an Associate for a number of years you might like
to consider applying to be a Full Member as this provides you with many
There are some very interesting conferences and ICOMOS events coming up
including the ICOMOS General Assembly in Quebec in October 2008, the
Australia ICOMOS Annual Conference in Sydney in July 2009 and the
ICOMOS/TICCIH Conference in Broken Hill in April 2010. ICOMOS Members are
eligible for concession rates for these conferences and a range of other
ICOMOS events in each state.
It is worthwhile letting friends and colleagues who may wish to join
ICOMOS that they should do so soon, so they can take advantage of these
The cut-off date for applications is 3 weeks before each Executive
Committee meeting where new member nominations are considered. Following
are the dates for the EC meetings and the resulting cut-off date for
Member application cut-off
EC Meeting dates
Thursday 7th August
30th-31st August 2008
Thursday 30th October
22nd-23rd November 2008
Thursday 15th January
February 2008 (date to be set)
Initial membership enquiries can be directed to the Australia ICOMOS
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